Monday, May 31, 2021

Get Ready for ARRL Field Day 2021

The 2021 ARRL Field Day is June 26-27. ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio calendar. Read the Field Day rules. Operate in the field or at home. Note the following are temporary 2021 rule changes:

An aggregate club score will also be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions). You are welcome to contribute your points to the Panama City ARC. Use Panama City ARC exactly as the club name.
Class D (Home) stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points.
This year, Class D and Class E stations will be limited to 150 W PEP output.

Here is a well-done video from ARRL HQ. Getting Ready for 2021 Field Day:

Monday, May 3, 2021

Beginner's Academy: ARRL Introduction

This is a recorded talk from April 28, 2021, Panama City ARC Beginner's Academy Zoom meeting. ARRL is the American Radio Relay League.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Primer On CHIRP Radio Programming Software by WX4BTZ

This recorded Zoom talk was given by Botz WX4BTZ on April 14, 2021, for our Panama City ARC Beginner's Academy.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Echolink is Live on the W4RYZ Repeater

Echolink is now available on the 145.210 W4RYZ Repeater. This will allow stations out of the repeater coverage area to talk on the repeater via the internet. The node is node name is N4KGL-R. 

An amateur radio license is required to use Echolink. Please download, install, and run the EchoLink software first. This registers your call with the system. Then, return to the Validation page to proceed with your callsign validation.

To use your smartphone, download the Echolink App from the App Store on your phone. 

To use a computer download the Echolink software from

Select Node N4KGL-R

The node-link is located at my QTH. If there are any issues email


Greg N4KGL


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Beginner's Academy: Digital Hotspots by KK4DIV

This video is an introduction to digital hotspots for amateur radio by Bob Plank KK4DIV. It was presented for the Panama City ARC Beginner's Academy Zoom meeting on February 17, 2021.


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Operate Winter Field Day Jan 30/31

The Winter Field Day on-the-air event is January 30/31. The event is similar to the ARRL Field Day and is growing every year. You can operate indoor, outdoor, or at home. See the rules at 

The purpose of WFD is to foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian, and DX Hams.

This year due to COVID, operate under your own call, list your club as Panama City ARC in your entry, and our club score will be aggregated in the WFD results. Use the text Panama City ARC exactly.


Greg N4KGL

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Finding RFI in Your Home - Chris VA3ECO

This was a Panama City ARC Beginner's Academy Talk on Zoom recorded on 12/30/20. Chris VA3ECO joins us from his island home in Ontario.

73 and Happy New Year!